Endurance events in the South West including triathlons, duathlons, open water swims, trail races & gravel rides.

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Devon Grit

Gravel: 100K, 76K, 58K, 36K

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We have a dedicated events team but also rely on volunteers to deliver our events safely. It’s a fun morning or afternoon that’s much appreciated by the competitors
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About Us

What we do

Our mission is to deliver excellent endurance sports events covering triathlon & duathlon, open water swimming, cycling & running.
We work hard on delivering excellent events. And that is a challenge as no venue is perfect and dealing with landowners, traffic, councils, the general public & other stakeholders can be tough.
Sportiva Events started as a sideline. After moving to Devon from the South East there didn’t seem to be any duathlons in the local area. I spotted a possible bike course on my door step and teamed up with Stewart Bergman and Rory Aitken to stage the first Dartington Duathlon in Spring 2013.
In 2017 Stewart decided to concentrate on his cycling Sportives and I took over the Dartmouth Triathlon and Devon Duathlon and added three existing events from the Torbay area originally set up by Brendon Prince.
Since October 2017 I have worked full time on events. In Feb 2018 we rebranded to Sportiva Events with the help of the excellent designers Mark & Gill at Left Bridge. And in October 2020 we moved some running races, previously co-organised as part of the Wild Night Run Series, under the Sportiva umbrella.
I couldn’t deliver these events without the great team of people who work alongside me including Helen Simcoe Walker, Nigel Evans, Dawn Lamerton & Tim Mockford.
Ben Tisdall


Highlights from Past Races and Events

We have some amazing event locations in Devon. These range from Blackpool Sands beach, in the video above to the Torbay Velopark which is a 100% traffic free venue with a 25m pool, a velopark on smooth tarmac & a parkland run all in close proximity.


Resources for Racers

Events for beginners

We try to be inclusive with our events and encourage all ages & abilities. Even the Brownlee brothers were beginners once. And for a lot of people there’s satisfaction in just finishing a multisport event.

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Covid-19 Policy Document

Covid-19, as you all know is a fast changing picture. Read our latest Covid-19 policies here based on advice from government & British Triathlon

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Advice for Junior Triathletes

Our events are great for kids of all ages. We have events for ages 3+ & even have a mini triathlon (swim, bike, run) for ages 5-7! We’ve written some articles to help your kids get into taking part.

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Stay Up To Date With The Latest Updates and Event Info


Top 10 Night Running Tips

Top 10 Night Running Tips

Here are 10 Top Tips that will help you stay fast & keep safe while running at night Be seen. The night trail races we organise are mostly off-road. However several have road crossings or short tarmac sections to link up the best bridleways. So be sure to wear...

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Top 10 Tips for Open Water Swimmers

Top 10 Tips for Open Water Swimmers

These Open Water Swimming Tips are aimed at people taking part in the English Riviera Swim, The Dartmouth Open Water Swims or one of the triathlons we organise that start with a sea swim such as the English Riviera Triathlon, the English Riviera Aquathlon & Swims,...

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Crunch Timing

Crunch Timing

Competitors these days expect high quality timing but the cost of timing can be high. We normally pay £1200-£1500 to get our triathlons professionally timed. For smaller events, such as many trail races & mountain bike events, this is prohibitive. So in 2019 we...

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Thank You To Our Partners

Bays Brewery

‘I Love to compete in the  grass roots events that Sportiva Events puts on when my race schedule allows. And son Max loves the kids triathlons & duathlons they stage at the Torbay Velopark.’

Donald Brooks, Sportiva Events Ambassador, European Champion 2019 & Age Group World Champion 2017


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We have a full programme of events throughout the year. Our triathlons, duathlons, runs, gravel rides & open water swims run from March to October. And through the winter we have night trail running races to keep you motivated!